There’s a remarkable difference between education and learning. Learning is an un-ending process that can happen anywhere and to anyone. The scope of learning is wider than education and it is very important for students to understand the difference.
The Process of Education System
Education begins the minute you join your school. It is a system that is designed to teach you certain information as per your age and IQ, in such a way that you will remember it for a long period of time.
The system begins with school. School is where the students are educated for about 10-12 years, after which begins college, where you opt for a choice of subjects in order to understand the subject’s matters deeply in order to apply for the university after that, for a specialisation. This knowledge is tested with the help of exams. One needs to pass these exams so as to get promoted to the next class or the next school. Passing a university exam means receiving a degree. A degree is the certificate you need to apply for a job.
If you have all the above levels of education with a good percentage of marks, you can bag a job that pays you money in exchange for your work, by which you can make a living.
There are also higher levels of education, whose ultimate aim is to prepare an educated person to secure a job.
The Process of Learning
The process of learning involves knowing, thinking, analysing, questioning and understanding any concept or information. It begins even before education and there is no limit to its end.
Effective learning with good education is a guaranteed way to success. Education provides you with the instructions and material for a subject, and learning that material by repeated reading along with questioning, makes you capable of applying that knowledge in real life to find solutions to challenges.
How to Balance Education and Learning
It’s great to be book- smart, but it is more important to incorporate your knowledge into real life and also use your real-life experiences to reason the credibility of what you read in the books.
- When studying what is in your books, try to relate it to an example you know in real life.
For instance: If you study that machines have levers, then think of the simplest machine you know. – A watch. Then, try to understand everything that you study about simple machines, by observing and analysing how a clock/ a watch works.
- Look for multiple answers.
While studying, you find that the information provided is wrong or something that you do not understand, write down that doubt in your book or note it down in your phone, and do some research about it.
Through research you’ll get to know more information. If you find similar theories which are clearer and easier to understand, not only will you have cleared your doubts, but you will be able to makes notes of your own by learning to process your data in different forms.
- Engage yourself in teaching/ seminars.
Seminars are wonderful ways to present your ideas to your peers, and also to use your freedom with the kind of information you provide. When doing a seminar, try to experiment with the theories that you study. This way, you will verify the reality of the theories. Use that experience in developing your own comprehension of your subject.
Additionally, when you participate in seminars, you will also find the group of people who think like you, with whom you can learn more about your subject.
- Take studying seriously.
If you are a student, you know that this point is stressed upon by your teachers a lot. Well, they are correct. But that does not mean you should stress about it. Studying can be fun if it helps you learn better.
For example, study for smaller periods of time, but dedicate that time only for education. Keep your distractions aside, and focus on what you are reading. Later, talk about it with your friends and discuss your understanding and doubts. If it is something that you have observed in real life, such as behavior or biology, try to make sense of what you read by drawing parallels with your experiences.
Education can be dull and mundane if it is restricted to books only. To break free from a machine- like system, always try to challenge what you read and trust your experiences, which will unlock your creative potential combined with the resources you receive through your education.